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  • The Weather Channel is using Drupal and Acquia Platform

    The Weather Channel is using Drupal and Acquia Platform

    When I talk about Drupal, information technology and the weather all in the same breath, I'm known to be very enthusiastic and opinionated in such discussions. I can't help myself. I'm biased toward Drupal as it is one of my favorite content management systems. I'm also a former meteorologist working in information technology for a very large organization that is heavily involved with the weather. Needless to say, a year or two ago when I heard that The Weather Channel started using Drupal to meet the needs of it's customers and meteorologists, it caught my attention. I think the use of Drupal is a win-win for everyone around and given my background, I wish my own employer had adopted a similar solution. If for no other reason, it would have given me a chance to work with one of the hottest open source content management systems on the planet.

    The news keeps getting better for Drupal fans. This week both Acquia and Mediacurrent announced that the The Weather Channel is standardizing on the Acquia Platform for Weather.com. Weather.com started using Drupal last year to increase the agility of its content creation and publishing. Now, the company has moved the entire website, which serves more than 20 million pages of content, to the Acquia Platform, which brings together Drupal and Acquia’s solutions for digital engagement and experience management. The team at Weather.com worked with Acquia and digital agency partner Mediacurrent for its site development and migration from its legacy web content management system Percussion.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: November 21, 2014

  • How Big Data is Changing Talent Recruiting

    How Big Data is Changing Talent Recruiting

    Big data is essential in helping recruiters assess candidates quantitatively, and find those candidates who can thrive in any environment – and make smarter decisions about who will be a good fit. So what does “big data” mean when it comes to recruiting?

    By The Talent Tribune
    Posted: November 20, 2014

  • How Apple Pay Differs From Other Mobile Payment Services

    How Apple Pay Differs From Other Mobile Payment Services

    You better get used to paying with your phone. It’s already a popular method of making purchases in places like Japan and even some countries in Africa, but in the United States it hasn’t caught on quite as quickly. While so-called tap-to-pay methods have been around for a number of years already, Apple’s recent announcement of their own mobile payment service, called Apple Pay, has sent a new wave of excitement through the technology community.

    Services like Google Wallet and CurrentC are certainly not new, but overall adoption and acceptance has been sluggish. Apple Pay might be just the thing to propel mobile payments to widespread popularity. But how does Apple Pay compare to other services that already have established methods and techniques? Read on to see how Apple Pay might completely change the game and if it could end up being one service you want to use.

    By Rick Delgado
    Posted: November 19, 2014

  • The How Much Does a Website Cost Infographic

    The How Much Does a Website Cost Infographic

    Over the years, I've talked about building a range of simple websites for personal use to implementing very complicated proprietary and open source enterprise content management systems. What I haven't talked about is the cost of building and maintaining those websites. Honestly, I've been too embarrassed for how little I spend and too stunned by the price tag for what the big companies pay for their websites. Who Is Hosting This? sent us a graphicthat we thought represented the typical costs small to medium size businesses can expect when building and hosting their new websites. So good was the infographic that we decided to post it here.

    Much of the statistics came from Which Web Design Company. WWDC maintains a database of over 7000 web design agencies world-wide, and provided them with the average starting cost statistics for web development used in the graphic below. Whatever your costs and whatever you decide, assuming you're working with reputable companies, the bottom line is that you get what you pay for. That's not a threat, but just a reality of the market.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: November 18, 2014

  • Bryan Ruby: Social Media Killed My Family Website

    Bryan Ruby: Social Media Killed My Family Website

    For the first time in 15 years, my family doesn't have a website to call their own. In January 2000, I registered the domain Bryansplace.com. This was the first website I ever built outside of work and it became a sandbox for me to express my interests as well as a way to seek personal growth. From handwritten HTML pages into Frontpage to a number of CMSs, the software and content at Bryansplace evolved as my life evolved.

    Bryansplace.com was the website where my girlfriend and I announced our marriage to the world. As a married couple, we eventually publicly announced the birth of our son via the site. This domain was the site where I talked about camping, computers, and my latest beer recipes. It wasn't all about me either. My wife showcased her photography for the first time online via  our family website. This was also the website my son learned how to navigate the Drupal content management system and talk about his gaming skills. Bryansplace.com was synonymous with "family news". Despite how much I valued the domain, last week I unceremoniously killed the website.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: November 15, 2014

  • World's First Satellite-Powered Tablet To Use Newtec Technology For E-Learning

    Satellite solution provider Yazmi today announced a new e-learning scheme using the first satellite-enabled tablet, called Odyssey™, and Newtec's multicast technology to deliver content via satellite to rural, remote and low income regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    The end-to-end content delivery system aims to improve performance outcomes for students and teachers in areas where there is weak computing and Internet infrastructure. The first pilots of the technology are taking place in India (with 30,000 licenses) and the sub-Saharan region in Africa, with the latest trials in two schools in South Africa, in Rietkol, in Mpumalanga Province, and at Heathfield, in Western Cape.

    By RealWire
    Posted: November 14, 2014

  • The Challenges of Bringing BYOD to the Military

    The Challenges of Bringing BYOD to the Military

    While improvements are still needed, the military does appear to be intent on implementing BYOD. There are definite benefits to an organized BYOD strategy, and the military wants to make the most of it while technology continues to advance. As long as security is improved and costs go down, personal devices will likely be part of the military sooner rather than later.

    By Rick Delgado
    Posted: November 14, 2014

  • Propeople Welcomes New Leaders for Digital Strategy & Marketing to Global Team

    Propeople Welcomes New Leaders for Digital Strategy & Marketing to Global Team

    Propeople, a full-service agency for the digital age, today announced that it is expanding its Global Executive Team with the appointment of two new positions - Gus Murray as Global Chief Digital Strategy Officer, and Troels Feodor Nielsen as Global Chief Marketing Officer. Both Gus and Troels will help to steer Propeople’s strategic initiatives in current and future markets.

    By Propeople
    Posted: November 13, 2014

  • Cloud Technology Partners Launches CTP Labs for Amazon Web Services

    Expanded Services Will Help ISVs and Enterprises Cloud-Enable Traditional Software and Services On AWS, Accelerate Time-To-Market and Reduce Risk with the Right Cloud Technologies for Their Business

    Cloud Technology Partners™, a leading cloud services and software firm, today announced the creation of CTP Labs for Amazon Web Services (AWS). CTP Labs is dedicated to transforming legacy software products and systems into multitenant, auto-scaling cloud services.

    By CMS Report
    Posted: November 11, 2014

  • CDC Selects Avere Hybrid Cloud Solution to Support its Genomic Sequencing Enviornment

    PITTSBURGH, PA – November 11, 2014 – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected Avere to help scale data center performance and capacity for its new genomic sequencing environment. Avere will be supporting the CDC’s Office of Infectious Diseases (OID), which aims to lead, promote, and facilitate science, programs and policies to reduce the burden of infectious diseases in the United States and across the globe.

    By RealWire
    Posted: November 11, 2014

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